Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

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Address: 97, Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100005, China

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.3

Popular midrange hotel in a very central location.

Busy, efficient and great value for money, this is probably Beijing’s most popular midrange international chain hotel. In fact, I've tried to book it twice only to discover there are no more vacanices. Hidden behind the swankier Regent on Jinbao Street, it’s very centrally located with easy access to the sights, and good restaurants and shops a short away.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.1
90%
Leisure facilities
3.8
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

Jinbao Street is a glitzy avenue lined with Rolls-Royce and Ferrari showrooms sitting, incongruously, on the shoulder of a soon-to-be-bulldozed hutong neighbourhood. Close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, it’s a good choice for first-time visitors. There’s a Starbucks directly opposite the entrance for all your frappucino needs, and some great restaurants – including a branch of Dadong, Beijing’s premier roast duck eatery – nearby. Dengshikou subway station (Line 5) is a couple of minutes away.

Bedrooms

Standard rooms are clean, compact and well-equipped, with decent bathrooms (plus robes), wired internet access and even HBO and BBC World on the TV. Beds are rather firm. The hotel has about a dozen larger suites suitable for families.

Public areas

The always bustling lobby is nothing to write home about, but nice enough given the star rating. I like the fact that the hotel is set back from the road, with a pleasant yard / garden area out front.

Eating and drinking

Park Plaza has a couple of dining options: Oodle, a small noodle bar serving tasty Chinese and Japanese style noodle dishes and soups; and Bloo, a fancier restaurant dishing up both Asian and western cuisine. The breakfast buffet, with omelettes made to order, is a little pricy for the quality.

Leisure facilities

Small gym and rather drab spa; no pool.

Service

Professional but can be strained due to consistently high occupancy levels. Honest too – front desk staff advised me to check online for the best rates rather than booking directly with them. Good concierge service for tours and ticket booking.

Who stays there

Leisure travellers from UK & Europe.

Price advice

Free internet access. Breakfast not included. Room upgrades sometimes available for little extra cost – ask at the desk.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Central location close to subway and restaurants
  • Good value
  • Often crowded and busy
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